This past weekend while preparing for Christmas, I was reminded of an RDI principle, brought home by an amazing father-son apprenticeship here at RDIconnect. We were having carpets installed and spending the weekend here while it was happening I noticed 10- year old Jose actually working on the carpet installation.
I first saw him tearing out carpet, taking down the runner around the edge of the wall and later installing a new one. Lots of mixing, lots of running back and forth to the truck for the other workers. Jose was very serious about his job but also a friendly kid, extremely proud of working with his father and his good grades in school. He was the official language translator.
“You’ve got a pretty good helper here” (RS)
“He’s my best worker. He goes everywhere with me” (Dad)
“I’ve even been to Louisiana” (Jose)
No whining and no complaining, this little boy was learning life lessons few children have an opportunity to learn; not only lessons about carpet installation, but lessons about time management, organization and interpersonal relationships.
Most important: that fathers guide their children and take the time to do it. Admittedly, this was a superb guide and a superb apprentice with a unique opportunity as well.
I hope you enjoy the photos of Jose and his dad. I’m reminding myself that time is a great gift, a loving, important one.
What about you? Are you inspired?